After a one-year hiatus, the “Great Debate” will return to Penn State, with two long tenured Congressmen set to debate on campus.
Former United States Representatives Ron Paul and Barney Frank will go at it on Monday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium, according to sources within the the College Republicans and College Democrats. The two largest student political organizations on campus will co-host the debate, with Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady acting as the moderator. The stated theme of the debate will be the role of government in civil society, covering both the social and economic issues of today.
Paul is a rockstar among conservative college audiences. He served as a U.S. Representative from Texas for various periods between 1976 and 2013. He ran for president three times and is viewed as one of the leaders of the libertarian movement. Frank, one of the more liberal Congressmen in his day, served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. He became the first openly gay member of Congress, and the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office.
The event required a considerable amount of student funding to lock down. The University Park Undergraduate Association, the University Park Allocation Committee, Student Affairs, the Interfraternity Council, McCourtney Institute for Democracy, the Schreyer Honors College, the Political Science Department, the Center for American Political Responsiveness, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Center for Democratic Deliberation all helped in co-sponsoring the debate.
Tickets are free and can be picked up with a student ID in 310 HUB Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Friday on the HUB ground floor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Non-students will be let in on a first come, first serve basis as space allows on the day of the debate.